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Variety:
Siberian cats

Country of origin:
Russia

Colours:
Mostly reddish, but other colours are possible – red, silver, blue, marbled. Bicolour is also allowed

Character:
Intelligent, curious, sweet, energetic, friendly, affectionate, gentle but quite independent, sometimes stubborn

Weight:
6-12 kg

Longevity:
12-13 years

Other names:
Siberian

Hypoallergenic:
Yes (Not 100% hypoallergenic, but hypoallergenic breeds may have milder allergy symptoms, or no allergy at all.)

Siberian cats – big and really impressive. Cat lovers are first impressed by the appearance of these cats, but are soon captivated by their character. Siberian cats are very affectionate, curious, energetic and intelligent. Their devotion to humans is truly astonishing, which is why Siberian cats are sometimes referred to as dogs in cat fur. Although the Siberian cat is large and powerful, its gracefulness is simply enchanting – in one leap, this breed of cat can reach the highest levels of the house without disturbing any nearby objects. They are relatively quiet cats who like to be as close as possible to their owners and hypnotise them with their soft purrs.

History of the cat

Siberian cats are considered the national cat breed of Russia. The Siberian cat breed is said to be quite old and has been around for at least a millennium. First introduced in 1871 in England, the first Siberian cats were introduced to the USA just over a century later in 1990.Today, Siberian cats are one of the most popular cat breeds, ranking in the top 30 most commonly bred cat breeds. It is believed that the breed may have been developed by crossbreeding indigenous cats brought from Asia. Since 1987, purification work on the breed began in Russia and the first breed standard was approved in 1990. Since then, European breeders have been breeding Siberian cats. According to the English, Siberian cats can grace any queen’s party, and this is absolutely true. The first Siberian cats arrived in Lithuania in 1990, but it was not until 1999 that these impressive-looking cats gained international recognition.

Siberian cats: appearance

Males are larger than cats – they usually weigh between 6 and 12 kilograms (cats – 6 to 8 kg). The head of the Siberian cat is large, trapezoidal and proportionate to the body. The nose is not curved or flattened, the chin is broad and firm and the jaws are also broad. The eyes are round and large, and may be green or tinged with yellow. If the cat’s coat is white, the eyes may be blue. The ears are medium-sized and broad. The coat is relatively long, with longer hairs on the hind legs and jaws. The coat is impermeable to moisture, glossy and firm, denser in winter than in summer. Siberian cats are usually reddish, but other colours are possible – red, silver, blue, marble. Bicolour is also allowed, but it is very rare.

Siberian cats: character

Siberian cats are affectionate and affectionate, but they are quite independent cats. Siberian cats are excellent “healers” and can relieve their owner’s stress in a matter of moments. However, these cats do not always respond to the attention shown to them, and they are characterised by fluctuations in their moods. The Siberian cat is at its best when it has the opportunity to go outdoors – it is an excellent hunter, so it is sure to find something to enjoy here.This breed gets along well with a wide variety of pets and is willing to get along with dogs of different breeds. Siberian cats are usually gentle with children, but they do not tolerate rough handling.

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